HP announces new $60m datacentre south of Auckland

Tuakau datacentre will run in tandem with Auckland one for cloud services

Hewlett Packard will commence construction of a $60 million, 500 sq m datacentre at Tuakau, in the Counties-Manukau region south of Auckland, “within the next two months”, HP enterprise services country manager Gavin Greaves says.

Speaking at a presentation in Auckland this morning to announce the initiative, Greaves said negotiations with the developer who will build the datacentre are underway, with the datacentre scheduled to be “fully operational” early next year.

Tuakau was chosen as the location because of its proximity to water and electricity sources and also because it is close to HP’s Auckland datacentre.

“Coupled with the existing datacentre, it will enable concurrent systems to run with real-time synchronisation,” Greaves said. The two datacentres will have an Active-Active configuration, the ability to switch from one to the other instantly, he said.

The new datacentre is part of a global overhaul of HP’s datacentres, which is seeing new capability installed and automated services offered, based on HP’s Converged Infrastructure architecture.

HP declined to say how many staff will be employed at the Tuakau datacentre, with Greaves noting “there’ll be better indications of that in the future.”

An HP spokesperson at the launch declined to reveal planned staff numbers at the Auckland datacentre, so an estimation of staff numbers at the new datacentre based on headcount at the Auckland one wasn’t possible.

Greaves noted that one Auckland datacentre employee who commutes from Waiuku, near Tuakau, has expressed interest in transferring to the Tuakau datacentre once it is built.

HP will use the datacentre to service the increasing move to cloud computing, HP New Zealand managing director Keith Watson said at the presentation.

Expanding on that theme, Greaves noted the datacentre is “part of the move towards delivering IT as a service.”

The Ultra-Fast Broadband project will give services delivered from the datacentre a boost, he said.

“Pervasive broadband will really enable cloud computing to take off.”

By having applications and infrastructure hosted in the datacentre, clients will be able to free up money currently spent on maintenance to reinvest in their business, he said.

While the initial size of the datacentre is 500 sq m, there is significant scope for expansion, he said.

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